SparkPeople People with Allergies Team Messageboard This group is for anyone with allergies to learn from each other and share how to deal with them. SparkPeople People with Allergies Team Messageboard Allergies all year I have been fighting allergies for years. I do Nasacort which keeps most in check. I carry my inhaler every where, just in case a roof or road is being tarred. I also carry my list of drug allergies inside my address book. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 22:30:50 EST Hello everyone :-) I'm new and a little nervous about trying to lose 75 pounds! Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:15:22 EST hey there im Chris im new here I'm trying this out to try and lose a little weight and help would help Sat, 8 Nov 2014 17:36:23 EST Hi I'm Cathy i have recently been told I have diabetes. That is why I'm joining again to Sparks people. I don't want to get worse and have to start taking pills oe injections. I need to lose 90 lbs. I have been overweight most of my adult life. I've tried many things before and failed. I've read most in enters have failed some 1000 times before there invention finally comes together. I have to believe this time it will all come together for me. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 08:22:57 EST Hello this my first time using sparkpeople I am a 45 year old female of a special needs child . I am over weight and can't seem to loss the weight no matter what i do . I love being outside with my kids . Now that winter is fast approaching its kind of hard to get outside and get the exercise that i need . Thu, 6 Nov 2014 06:40:20 EST I'm new Hi! I'm a new user to SparkPeople, and I'm looking for friends. I am a full time working mom of a very active 7 year old boy. I volunteer at school, have a full time job at the office and part time job at home. I am also very active in my local adoption community. I love reading and spending time with friends and family. I am getting back into exercise after my surgery almost 2 years ago. I want to so this but need motivation otherwise I won't push myself. I'm excited to be on this jo... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:53:38 EST Aloha from Hawaii Aloha from Hawaii! <BR> <BR> I have sinus allergies to cats, dogs, dust, and mold. <BR> <BR> I use a Neilmed rinse and/or saline spray once or twice a day which helps. I take Claritin or Zyrtec daily. <BR> <BR> I am committed to drinking 8 cups of water a day which also seems to help. <BR> <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople so I'm glad to find a group to get some insight on what works/doesn't work for others with allergies. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:42:24 EST Starting Over I've been bad for a few weeks now, and am ready to start over. I had lost 28 lbs, and now have gained back 10. I'm one of those binge eaters. I can't just take one bite, I have to eat it all. I think I need to be really strict on my diet to start with, and then maybe learn how to be more moderate. I'm just now recovering from a badly sprained ankle, so am limited in physical exercise, but want to resume as soon as I can. Walking and stair climbing are my most successful forms of exercise... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:17:24 EST another newbie here Hi, I am new here. Needing to lose around 90#'s. I have multiple muscle disorders and diseases which make exercising a chore and a half, I also am living on disability so money is very very tight, also have to cook for 6 kids and a husband, two of which have several food allergies not limited to legumes of all types, seafood, shellfish and rice. Cooking is not an easy thing to figure out as food is not cheap and the good for you cheap foods most of which we cant cook or have in the house such... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:33:18 EST What is your motivation? I am just wondering what is everyone's motivation to lose weight? I have been trying to lose weight a couple times but it has been really hard for me. I always felt terrible when I eat something but end up feeling hungry by the end of the day and would start to eat like crazy during midnight. I know that I have a goal but it is just really hard to stick to my diet plan. Just wondering how everyone here is able to keep up with their diet plan or what would you guys do if there's a lunch date w... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:09:40 EST Complicated life... THIS is for ME!!! New to Spark, 49, newlywed (3 years), mom lives with us, dementia, his mom is in ICU post car accident, & I'm pulling my hair out! Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:01:04 EST Mother of 2 boys 15 and 3 - 42 years old I am 4'10" tall and I am 165 lbs. I am tired all the time and don't eat healthy and I want to change that with exercise and diet. I can't keep up with my 3 year old, my house is dirty, I am not motivated to do very much and I know it is time. I am an accountant by trade, so I sit at a desk all day. I am an artist by passion so when I have time I paint, draw or whatever hits my fancy at the time. I have also written a children's book that has SAT words in it to help them learn. I want my... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:14:18 EST Intro Hi, Just a quick intro about me. I have decided to try SparkPeople for two reasons: <BR> 1) Lose Weight - 30 pounds (ugh) <BR> 2) IBS - I noticed there is a FODMAPS community here and I would like to try this diet. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to being a part of SparkPeople! Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:23:03 EST yes !!!!! 10 <em>380</em> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:36:00 EST Carlinda I am a long time diabetic and need help. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:48:35 EST Hi there!! Hi everyone!! I'm Karen and even though I've been on SparkPeople for a long time, I didn't get really serious about it til today. <BR> <BR> I have horrible allergies and it's been a rough allergy season for me here in Michigan. Tonight we have a freeze warning and I hope that the allergens get knocked down a bit .... LOL. <BR> <BR> I've struggled with my weight most of my life. I'm weighing in at 306 right now, but I'm hoping to shave off at least 100 lbs in the next 6 or 7 months. U... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 19:38:57 EST Just saying hi :-) My name is Tiffanie. I am horribly out of shape and horribly overweight ... I have been for a couple years now. I am wanting to lose quite a bit of weight and increase my fitness so I can start doing some of the things I enjoy again ... like riding my bike and running. Fri, 3 Oct 2014 20:27:41 EST gayle "hi". My name is Gayle, I live in Cutler Bay Fl. I have always been heavy (not this heavy), want to loose 10lbs fast, 15 more after that. Very frustrated. I am 47yrs. old and put on 10lbs this year !! Help !! Thu, 2 Oct 2014 17:03:17 EST Nice to meet you! New to this site. Giving it a try. I usually feel beyond help most days-sometimes there's a breakthrough but it doesn't seem to last. I exercise with Teresa Tapp (T-Tap) at home and I hate to go to the gym Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:56:11 EST Nice to meet you! New to this site. Giving it a try. I usually feel beyond help most days-sometimes there's a breakthrough but it doesn't seem to last. I exercise with Teresa Tapp (T-Tap) at home and I hate to go to the gym Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:56:11 EST So far, so good I have a problem with both high sugars and cholesterol, so I came to this site hoping that it will help. <BR> It will be hard but I will succeed. Thu, 2 Oct 2014 09:27:57 EST MONICA2622's SparkPage Hi ! <BR> I am new to SparkPeople and I am very excited to be here, I am on day 7 and found that changing simple habits will get you results. I am down two pounds!!! Looking forward to seeing motivating messages as I continue my journey as I am sure I will be hitting valleys soon. I will stay strong !! Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:23:07 EST just for me1 I am 57, got injured at work and started falling apart Health wise, I have limited mobility as Knee injury, Need to get back on track. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:08:20 EST Beth Mae I am older in body and weight and serious about feeling better by losing weight and becoming more active. My. Daughter introduced me to Sparks a couple years ago. I liked it but did not commit myself to this program. Day 1-made my daily menu, going shopping for the right foods and will then find some exercise I can do. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:32:16 EST Lone Star My name is Felicia. I am dealing with a serious health crisis with my boyfriend. He has cancer and it's returned and I have not been exercising nor eating the way I should have for the last 4 weeks. I need your help to get back on track and most of all to stay fit,focused, and to find me again. :(:( Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:34:44 EST Dont give up. God is your strength! Hi. My name is Lisa and im from Norway. I always struggle to loose weight,i am active and walk aloot almost every day but that is not enough for me to loose weight only to maintain my weight because i over eat almost every day.These last month Jesus has encourage me to loose weight, because my body is a temple for the Holy Spirit i must keep my body healthy. I started every day now to pray towards my goals because i know tht prayer is the first step to success and if anyone else want to try t... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:53:53 EST New to Spark Hi, I'm new to Spark, and I would like to lose about 55 pounds. I have been overweight for over 21 years. I have already lost 14 pounds in the last 3 months just by using my treadmill 5 - 6 days a week. My goal is to lose 55 more pounds by the time my daughter graduates from college next year. I could really use the support and make new friends. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:24:32 EST Moke1963 Hi! I found this website and thought it was just what I need. I am a 67 year old single female who really needs to loose weight and exercise. I don't want to grow any older in the same shape I am in. I had a total knee replacement in May and I am doing very well. No excuses to go forward with the exercises. I really believe the info on this sight is just the help I need. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 17:54:21 EST Weight Loss Journey Hello my name is Terri Spencer. I need to loose around 53 pounds. I weigh 173 and want to get down to 120. I've been this weight for the past few years. I've only been on this site the past couple of days and from what I've seen it looks like it will be really helpful and very supportive! Some of my interests are needle work such as counted cross stitch and quilting (by hand), art work such as painting and doing origami and reading Christian books as well as watching Christian movies. I... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 15:49:37 EST blessed by the best and ready to get going Hi my name is Mary, and I am ready to get moving and lose some weight. Everyone have a good night and a great day tomorrow Labor day. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:37:59 EST Cathy, me, needs motivation. I have lost 120 ponds about 5 yrs ago. But I put back on 30 of those pounds and can't get motivating to taking it off. I am afraid 30 will turn into a 100. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:04:50 EST Sinus cleaned out.... Your opinion. I have had sinus problems for yrs. they get bad enough I lose my hearing. I went for an audio test a few weeks ago and had been told I may need them cleaned out right now I'm using QNasl it help. But I want to know from someone that has theirs cleaned out if it is worth it. I use rinses when it in the bottom ones but most of the time it's too high for the rinse to work. Woke up today on my birthday and vac day to a sinus headache really for it to stop. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:31:00 EST Pattyfay40 I would like to join a message board of people on the South Beach Diet for moral support and tips on what to eat. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:30:06 EST hi guys! trying to get a little social haha i've been on sparkpeople since may and never made an attempt to talk to anyone and i think it's about time i do! i'm 20 years old and from new jersey. i was raised in a family that centers life around food, so it's been a journey and a half staying on track with them around. haha. i'd love to make new friends and talk to you guys about anything at all so feel freee to shoot me a message! :) Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:45:47 EST Life's Challenging moments My name is Anne. I've been involved with SparkPeople before, losing 60 lbs. I kept that off and it's time to get myself going again....taking time out for me from my crazy world of stress and chaos that seems to follow me. <BR> I work a very stressful job and recently left my abusive marriage of 17 years. I then found the love of my life after having lost contact with him 30 years ago. We're married now but the divorce/shared parenting dulldrums really get me down. that being said, I h... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:23:53 EST Hello to all the Sparkpeople! My name is Luiza, and I live and work in Mexico. I am working on finding out more about binge eating and have recently joined the Shrink Yourself program. I would like to meet other people online to share and discuss strategies to implement to help me to deal with my emotional overeating. For those of you who know the site perhaps recommend a forum to join to find like minded people. Thank you. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:30:39 EST just joined Hi everyone. Just joined. Hope I can do this!!! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:19:32 EST it's just me trying to be better Hi! My name is Taylor and I have been unhappy in my body for long enough! That is why I have joined spark people. I feel that I need to try something different to motivate me to be a healthier person, and if that means baring my soul to a bunch of strangers(for now) on the internet so be it, as long as it works! For now my goal is to lose 102lbs which would make me 150lbs, smaller than Iever have been as an adult and a teenager. <BR> I really hope to get to know some of you more so that we c... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 01:00:08 EST Hi everyone! My name is Ciara, and I am a graphic design student at Texas State University. I am seriously considering "going Insane." My younger brothers and sister have taken on Shaun T.'s Insanity Workout this summer and have underwent dramatic physical transformations. I, myself, have tried the Shred Diet by Dr. Ian Smith and lost 20 lbs. before school let out for the summer. Since home, I have put on about 10 lbs. and am ready to get back on the horse. Does anyone out there have advice on how to mak... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:53:53 EST Advice please Hi there! <BR> <BR> I am looking for some advice. I just began a new job, working in the basement of a building and I am assuming there is a lot of dust and mold because my allergies have been terrible lately. I haven't been able to breath since I started and my daily allergy medicine isn't cutting it. I am calling to schedule an appointment with my allergist (I'm long due for one). But I figured I would throw it out to all of you as well. <BR> <BR> Is there anything I can do to make this s... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:19:49 EST Finding My Feet on my Journey of Change... Hi, So today is day 1, I'm not sure of what or how yet but I know it is time to do something so here is my first step to a whole new ME. My name is Wendy I hail from South Africa, Kwazulu Natal but now live in a beautiful country called New Zealand along with my husband two teenagers (one daughter, one son) and a Jack called Coco. Look forward to getting to know you all better as we all travel on our own journey of change. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 00:28:44 EST Determined I am tired of procrastination. I am determined to become more healthy, I have 36 pounds to lose and want to do it by December 31, 2014. I have tried over and over again but have not been successful. Last summer I was down 20 pounds using the atkins diet but quickly regained the weight. High protein diets work for me but I am don't really like eggs or meat. I would love to be a vegetarian, but it seems that the vegetarian way of life doesn't work for me. I am thinking that I might go on t... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 00:08:33 EST Moving from Weight Watchers to Spark! Hello I've lost 52 pounds, now I'm moving from Weight Watchers to Spark. I've got a great fitness regime down and am doing great with my eating. Looking for some support and friendships along my continued journey! Mon, 4 Aug 2014 14:40:44 EST New to the program! Hope it works! My major weight gain came after my thyroid was totally removed, I moved and started a new job. All that resulted in a 25 pound weight gain in 4 months. Ugh. I've never had an issue with being overweight until now. I will be 60 this October and would love to loose those stubborn pounds before the 31st of October. Any helpful suggestions will be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much! Fri, 1 Aug 2014 21:18:47 EST Need to find creative ways to work out I really can't afford a gym membership and I just had another procedure done on my feet so I can't ride my bike so things are kind of difficult in the work out field for me right now, I am finding myself getting frustrated as summer is here and I am gaining weight instead of losing or maintaining it. It's got me really frustrated at this point. I just got married in April and I'd like to stay in the very low 100's Please help I just had an ankle nerve block done on my left foot so I'm not s... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:44:54 EST New to Site I am a retired Senior Citizen and wish to eat healthier. I've been working on a diet plan for several months but am beginning to back slide. I could use some support and advice as I try again. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:30:12 EST Hey, I'm new to the site. I'm a student, interested in anime and gaming. My main reason to use this site is to lose about 30 pounds and work on getting an active workout routine going. Feel free to add me c: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:03:47 EST Patricia I am in need of support to achieve a healthy life style that lasts the rest of my life. I joined this site because it had everything I was looking for. I am a full time student working on a BA in business administration. A non-traditional student I am 50 years old. But I feel great for already having completed 2 years towards my degree. I am a Des Moines resident. I work in a convenience store as assistant manager. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:39:06 EST Just joined! I just joined today. I want a way to keep myself accountable while I work to reach a healthy weight. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:05:04 EST whitegirl14 hi from someone with a lot of weight to lose Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:13:17 EST Hello There My name is Susan. I am starting to change some habits of mine. First, I am going to do some of the things that Mom does...measure food and count my calories and other vitamins. I have done it the past three days. Mom also gave me some other ideas on how she is loosing weight in her condition. She is taking cayenne pepper supplement and eat green beans daily. She can fit into some of her clothes she couldn't last year. Anyways, I am trying to stay to this diet of more healthy foods that I like... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:37:14 EST Hi! I am hoping to gain more energy and better health. I am going from long vegetarian to raw vegan. I want the energy to up my exercise. And the motivation! Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:33:25 EST Hi, I am Karen I am praying that this is my final weight loss program. I am 66 years old and 50 pounds overweight. I have tried every plan out there. I need motivation help. I am Gluten intolerant and just diagnosed with diabetes. I want to lose 50'pounds to improve my health and self imagine. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:23:50 EST Hi Im Michelle. 2 years ago. I had lost 163 lbs while in a nursing home. I have gained 30 lbs back and now im trying to do it on my own. Ive discovered that I need people who are going through the same thing. My goal is to lose another 100 llbs. I also want to walk better and be healtnier. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:37:19 EST Am I too old to try again? Hi my name is Candy, I am almost 68 years old. I have tried many different diets over the years, everything from diet pills to Nutri- System to the cabbage soup diet to Gastric Lap Band surgery. The weight always comes back. As far as my diet goes, I do not eat junk food, fast food, breads or sweets. Except for an occasional piece of chocolate, my downfall! I am a bit OCD about keeping food in my refrigerator and pantry. They always have to be full, even though I usually throw a lot away. I ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:07:05 EST newbie I am 33 years old i have a wonderful and supportive husband and a 7year old daughter and 16year old step-son. I have a rare form of celiac disease where my body kicks out protein that comes from animal flesh with the exception of fish. This makes if difficult to eat food that tastes good. Just hoping that there is anyone out there who hares even half of my situation. Thats basically me. I love t fish, camp, hike and float the river. I love my family and hope to stick round long enough ti be w... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00:42 EST Hello Everyone!!! HI, My name is Shauna and I am very excite to be apart of this team. I am not a stranger to sparkpeople however I did fall off the healthy trail for quite sometime following some health issues. I am ready to get back in shape and continue a healthy happy life!! Have a good day everyone!! Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:21:24 EST Hi there to everybody Hi Cheers for the invitations. I hope you can keep me motivated! I do well at the start then the usual happens, I get down and can't be bothered. So I've got nothing to lose weight for except myself now. No weddings, big parties nowt. So the biggest reason I do have if for myself. I think that maybe motivation enough. But please keep me on track and do my nut in if I lose the plot or you don't hear from me in a while. 1st day done and dusted and feeling good. So cheers again everybody x <BR> ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:59:44 EST I am READY!! Hey Peeps, <BR> I'm new here O.o...Kinda nervous and Excited <BR> I'm 22 (i'll be 23 in August) and I'm 4' 10" and im trying to lose about 33lbs by the end of the year( i weight 145lbs, i want to weight 112 lbs) . I would like to make friends who are willing to support me on my weight loss journey as i will support them :) <BR> So message me and we can support each other through facebook, snapchat, txt msg, whatever!! <BR> Let me know <BR> Cant wait to start... <BR> Let the self confidence... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:10:27 EST An overweight, struggling grandmother I am a Grandmother of 10. I am retired, but sell Origami Owl jewerly to keep myself busy. I have been overweight all my life, but I want to lose weight to get myself healthier. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:04:52 EST CourtClerk1987 I've been struggling forever with weight and have tried almost every diet/weight loss program. I'm so afraid of failure, AGAIN! This really looks like something I can do. I actually took a 15 minute walk at lunchtime and it's been about a year since I've walked for exercise. There was a time I could stick with maintaining my weight but not so much anymore. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers for a successful journey. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 13:29:46 EST Melanie My second day and exploring, using meal tracker but do not know everything Spark has to offer. <BR> <BR> Is there someone who can help me? <BR> <BR> Thanks Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:43:37 EST I have returned-Shouldn't have left! I have returned to SparkPeople because I have enjoyed it and it worked-when I put in the required motivational umph. My motivation tends to come and go. At the moment I am hoping that THIS time things will really stick and that in a year I will still be here and be living a healthy life at a good weight. <BR> <BR> I keep trying to "like" exercising. So far my recumbant bicycle and Total Gym are the two pieces of equipment I keep returning to. Walking used to be enjoyable, but frankly, my... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 14:26:17 EST My first week with SparkPeople Hi, my first week with Spark has been great! I have surprised myself and lost 8 pounds! A friend from L.A. showed me an app he used for weight loss so I went online and found your free site! It's the first time weight loss has made sense to me. I am a visual learner so to see the charts and know where I am meeting goals as far as carbs, protein, etc. and the tips on where to improve and speaking in lay mans terms such as buying individual bags of chips so I can learn portion control. Eve... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:32:14 EST Another newbie! Hey y'all! I'm "iadopted5". Yes, I did adopt 5 children. They were 4,5 7, 14 & 16 at ages of adoption. They are now 16, 16, 18, 18 & 19. Yes, they are a big stress and blessing in my life. Being a therapeutic parent for the past 13 yrs has taken a HUGE toll on my body by way of stress, worry and secondary PTSD. I have ridden the weight loss roller coaster most of my adult life, but the past few yrs have been the hardest. I am 42 (in September) and will be married 25 yrs to the love of... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 21:21:46 EST Asthma & Menopause Despite a strong family history of asthma, I have not been bothered by asthma until the age of about 49 when I also started experiencing peri-menopausa l symptoms. And now at the age of 54, I am in full menopause and the asthma is markedly worse. I do use Advair daily, and an inhaler as needed, but I'd rather prevent occurrences naturally. I just started investigating the connection between decreased estrogen and increase inflammation (i.e. asthma worsening) and there does seem to be a med... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 15:44:44 EST Hello.... So..... I am new, of course.... I joined because of my mom. I am only 20 (21 in December!) but i figured i would get a jump on looking and feeling better! I haven't really made a big effort in the past two years so here is to me putting down the books and crochet hooks for a little while each day! Thu, 26 Jun 2014 01:56:25 EST Inflammation in nostrils It is very uncomfortable at night especially. It doesn't seem like I have an excess of mucous, but it just feels like my nostrils are tightening. Does anyone else experience this? Are there natural home remedies for this? If not, are there any medication options? Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:09:57 EST Lorraine Just started today June 25th which is a wed. need to lose 50 pounds for self esteem and health, quit smoking and gained a ton of weight <BR> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:43:31 EST Struggling and getting no where My name is Alexus and I am 20 years old and over 300 pounds. I have tried many many things to help me lose weight. Ive done weight watchers twice, ive done different diets and eating plans, I have even been on prescription medication to help me lose weight twice and I gain weight while on them even though I nearly stopped eating when taking them. I dont know what I am doing wrong it seems like I gain more and more weight even when I eat right and excerise. Its starts off good and im feeling g... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:49:56 EST Leewall Hello Sparkspeople. I'm from Cedar, Michigan. I had a great workout today, enjoyed the meals I made. Cannot wait to hear from others. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:00:57 EST jessbooze hi! <BR> looking forward to staying motivated and becoming healthier! Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:43:08 EST My name is Kathy I want to lose some weight and stay healthy Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:06:17 EST Hello and Goodby........ ......patricia I don't mean to run out on everyone but I will be back on Monday. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:41:47 EST Recommendations for hair dye, detergent, etc? Help! I have overcome so many allergies thanks to juice fasting, plant-based vegan diet, eliminating chemicals and toxins where possible. I know it isn't healthy but I still feel the need to dye my hair. I had a serious reaction to Healthy Look (a darker hair color) and don't know what to do now. I definitely can't have anything with ammonia in it and stay away from sulfites. Also I have had reactions even to Arm & Hammer laundry detergent. I am looking for much safer alternatives that w... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:17:10 EST Lsable I just joined today I sure hope it works for me.i have back problems and fibromyalgia and do a lot of sitting unable to exercise much,so here's hoping that i can get my weight off of me..I am 67 and live in north Florida with my husband my 5 dogs 4 cats one horse and 5 Nigerian goats wish me luck Sat, 14 Jun 2014 19:30:25 EST I'm new Hello, I'm new to Spark People. My goal is to lose 150 pounds in one year so that I can go to my son's destination wedding in Key West and not look like a slob. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:35:14 EST I'm finally making the choice to lose weight! Hello. I am stickgrl8. I am new and have already dropped 3 lbs.I need to lose 113 or so so I can use ALL the support I can get. I am a vegan and struggle with my sugar intake. sodas are the worst. thanks to ALL who can support me. and I am totally willing to support any of you too. thanks. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:46:27 EST How do I un-join? SparkPeople may be a good system, but I don't have the time to work it. The website makes it very easy to join, but I find it almost impossible to un-join. Can anyone help? Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:30:53 EST Hello Hi my name is Tonia...I am new to SparkPeople. I am a mother of 4 and very happily married. I have struggled with my weight since my last child was born 16 months ago. I have been able to drop 13 lbs and I want to lose about 25-30 more. Looking forward to meeting you! Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:19:05 EST Newb that wants to be fit and have time! My name is Renee and I recently just started college for my BSN degree. I have worked so hard this past year to earn a 4.0 and I even started summer classes. I'm beginning volunteering at a nursing home and hospital. I also work a part time job while still living at home. (I'm a commuter). I just want the motivation and extra time to earn a healthy and fit lifestyle. I can never find the time or energy to workout between studying and working. I have turned to google and came across this wonde... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:14:29 EST Joking to make a better self name is chyna Rochelle, I really need to make a change in my life and need all the support I can get... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 18:45:05 EST My first day here!! I hope you are all feeling great today....I am and can not wait to get started here! Hopefully this will help me keep better track of myself. Tue, 3 Jun 2014 14:24:07 EST Coasterqueen 68 I have tried so many diets (Weight Watchers,Atkins,SouthBeach,Etc..) Lost 100#s twice and still here I am 46 yrs old and fighting this rollercoaster but I want to get to my goal and end this ride with a smile ... My husband and I spend most weekends at Cedar Point Amusement Park, in Sandusky,Ohio and we Belong to a roller coaster club...Problem is, if you got to hope you fit on the new coasters because if the belt don't snap, you get off!! I've been fortunate... as of last year, I JUST MADE I... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 22:33:13 EST Hello from PA Hello my name is Margaret and I am 56 years old. I am a mom of 2 girls and live with my oldest one. I joined Sparkpeople because I have to lose weight to be able to get a liver transplant if I need one because my liver is failing. My daughter is a member on here and told me it would be a good idea to join because we both could use help with getting motivated and staying motivated. Tue, 27 May 2014 23:20:59 EST Hello, I just joined Spark today Hi and it was nice to be welcomed to all the various groups that I listed as problem areas. I listed 8 areas, and this is the one that should not get in my way to my goal of getting rid of 46 lbs in a year. I never had allergies until I turned 62, so have had them for 3 years <BR> I am sensitive to oak pollen, and take Claritin most mornings unless it has just rained. <BR> I have noticed if I drink more water the symptoms are slightly decreased, less runny nose and eyes. Mon, 26 May 2014 20:21:21 EST Glad for the day without allergies! For this entire week I have been having itchy eyes and throat along with a stuffy nose. I felt like I was sick. I usually take generic 24-hour allergy pills. It made my symptoms half as severe. At least there was some relief. It was really distracting while trying to work out and take care of my daughter. <BR> <BR> But today I was lucky because I had no allergies at all. I had a blessed day full of fun at the beach in the ocean with my darling girl and got to do my yoga with hardly any inter... Sun, 25 May 2014 22:24:28 EST Ready to go! My name is Lori (BellaMitzi are the names of my two dogs) and I searched for a carb counter online and found this website! I am a sugar addict and I just got off a day detox eating program to get off sugar and bad carbs. I lost 12 lbs but now at a stand still. I need to lose 65 more lbs so this website is perfect for tracking what I eat and exercising WHICH I AVOID but know I must exercise to get the rest of this weight off. It seems to be harder to lose weight being 50+. I am excited on... Sun, 25 May 2014 18:18:08 EST Hey everyone! Hey there! My name is Ashley and im here to meet others going through similar issues. I'm 25 and have pcos. My husband and I have been trying to have a baby for years, and this year is where um starting to go the natural route. We've done fertility treatments and all that jazz and im just wanting to try it naturally for a while any insight on the matter would be greatly appreciated! Sun, 25 May 2014 10:29:04 EST Hello, I'm a newbie! There is just too much going on in my life (as with everyone) and I've put on some weight the past couple of years. It's time for me to take it off! I'm hoping that SparkPeople will be able to motivate me. I also work fulltime and by the time I get home in the evenings I really don't want to look at a computer screen. However, I am willing to try. <BR> <BR> So here's to being fit and healthy! Thu, 22 May 2014 09:19:56 EST I will do this! Hello my name is Gerda,i found this site by chance. I have lost 55lbs 2 years ago ,but have added back 25 lbs since then. My goal is to loose those pounds. Wed, 21 May 2014 19:08:53 EST New (again) to SparkPeople Hi all, <BR> Just introducing myself. I'm Tammy, (mom to 5) and also a full time Music Director. I love my family and my job, but have put myself last for too long. Had some pretty serious health struggles with lupus this past year+ and I'm trying to get healthy. Looking forward to being part of this community! :) Wed, 21 May 2014 16:05:12 EST Hello from PA Hello, my name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1 boy. I joined this site to get support and motivation when needed because I have struggled with my weight for my entire life. My main goal for losing weight is to have my own child (my son is my husbands unfortunately not biologically mine) and overall be healthier to take care of my family. If anyone has any questions for me or would just like to be friends, just send me a message. Blessed be everyone. Wed, 21 May 2014 00:34:03 EST New to This Hey everyone...I'm not quite sure what to write here, but I think to myself that if I don't write a message now- I never will. I have been battling weight forever, and I am so sick of not being in control of my own body and abilities. I have tried everything, but maybe a community is more what I need. Especially since you are are going through the same thing as me. I pray this works, since I am ready to start my life the way I wanted to be. Tue, 20 May 2014 23:37:57 EST DIZZ55 New To All This Hi, Hi, I'm Dizz. I drive an 18 wheeler so its to stay on track. I'm Not New To Louisville, persay, Have Moved back was gone for about 20 yrs. Being pretty much sedimentary in my job need to keep from gaining any more pounds and could stand to lose aprox 10 pounds. need to tone up not interested in beefing up to old to be a body builder now. again Hi, Hi. Sun, 18 May 2014 01:08:10 EST Hello - I'm Merci from Portland, Oregon I was on Sparks quite a few years ago, now I'm back! I am determined to make it work this time: I'm 52, 100+ pounds to lose, not getting younger, and don't want to spend the rest of my life feeling sore, tired, sick, depressed, and generally just plain 'blah'. It's time for a change, and I'm feeling very motivated this time - I will do this! I know it will take time, I will slip up, it will go slow or even stop on occasion, but I will plug my way through every opportunity that comes my way! ... Sat, 17 May 2014 23:27:19 EST Hey, y'all... I'm Gerrtie, and I joined this site so I would be accountable to myself about losing this stubborn 15 lbs. I am also trying to lower the carbs. It seems I think I need them at every meal and snacks too. Which is not good because I am diabetic. I'm looking forward to changing old habits and getting healthy. I am grateful to have found this site. Out with the old and in with the new... Thu, 15 May 2014 12:30:02 EST hi everyone! Hi! My name is Dani, I lost 70 pounds 3 years ago with Sparkpeople and have gained back 40 in the past year due to some setbacks (collapsed lower spine, lost right kidney to cancer and then our house burned and we wound up moving to the outskirts of the city.) .. where all I do is sit... and snack... and drink sugary coffee... I need to re-lose this weight and I'm not sure how to do it with the bad back, etc. Any ideas are totally welcome =) Tue, 13 May 2014 17:49:47 EST I'm just starting my story My name is Kat. I'm 24 and overweight. I've always struggled with weightloss. I work as a waitress so i run around a lot and i still can't lose any weight. I'm hoping that people who are in a similar position or who were can give me an idea of how to start my journey to a slimmer me. <BR> <BR> In January I weighed 196 pounds (14 stone) <BR> Today Tue 13 May 2014 I weigh 189 pounds (13.5 stone) <BR> My Goal weight is: 154 pounds (11 stone) <BR> 11 stone will be the lightest I have been in a d... Tue, 13 May 2014 16:59:25 EST HELLO, I JUST JOINED AND LOOK FORWARD TO THIS PRO I'VE BEEN OVER WEIGHT AND DIETING ALL MY LIFE. THIS TIME IS NOT A DIET, IT'S A LIFE STYLE CHANGE. AT MY AGE I JUST WANT TO BE HEALTHY! I'VE LOST OVER 40LBS. IN THE PAST 7 MONTHS, BUT NEED SOME EXTRA SUPPORT. I HAVE FIBRO. AND A BAD BACK BUT CANT LET IT STOP ME FROM GETTING AS HEALTHY AS I CAN. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE HELP AND SUPPORT OF THIS GROUP. HELLO TO EVERYONE :). APRILSUNSHINE22. Tue, 13 May 2014 08:58:52 EST new to spark Hi I'm new on today was my first day.I mad it with no Pepsi.i hope this gets easier.can anyone tell me how to deal with pop craving. Mon, 12 May 2014 23:18:50 EST Taking the plunge Hello! I'm new, it's time to try a new direction since these last 26lbs aren't going anywhere by themselves. I gained over 40lbs with my pregnancy and am struggling to lose the rest and be comfortable with this new body and new role. I am excited to have the support of such an incredible community! Mon, 12 May 2014 00:17:01 EST Hello, new to community programs Hello, my name is Stacey. I am new to the community programs. I was hoping this would give me more influence in sticking with my goals. I have been trying for 4+ years to loose the weight I gained in a matter of a few months. I have struggled for a while and hope this can give me the right push. I don't know if anyone has any advice but if you do I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance. Thu, 8 May 2014 22:43:41 EST Mrs Mooyman I like to consider myself an old soul. There is not much new about me. I love old homes, old furniture, and have old standard values. I don't tend to relate well to people my age. I get more along with the older people than the younger. I am a wife and a mother of three. My job is to care for the house and our children along with my two nephews. I am a very busy person, but fight daily with weight. I am in no way a lazy person yet can't seem to lose the weight. I believe this is due to some d... Tue, 6 May 2014 22:59:13 EST Hi, Everyone! Hi, all! Starting up on SparkPeople for what seems like the millionth husband and I just recently got health insurance, and at my first doctor's appointment in nearly ten years I found out I have high cholesterol. I am hoping that, now that I have a legitimate medical reason to start taking care of myself, I will actually be able to follow through and get myself healthy. I've always known that I was overweight, but to have this added incentive will hopefully end up being a blessing ... Tue, 6 May 2014 15:52:26 EST Hi. I am back. Ok so I have been away but I am back. It is time to get back on track and I need help. I am hoping this app and website will give me what I need to keep on track because by having this to look at everyday I think I will be able to do that. Tue, 6 May 2014 09:59:51 EST HELLO EVERYONE My name is Syreeta. I am 30 years old and i quit smoking 2/18/2013. Although I am proud of this accomplishment I am not proud of the more than 50 lbs that followed. I am hear to create a healthier me. I have been working out at least 3 times a week for the past month. I am currently training myself to run. Having issues with my breathing ( unable to focus to control it). I would like to lose 63-75 lbs at a healthy pace of 1-2 lbs a week. I look forward to working with everyone to achieve my ... Thu, 1 May 2014 14:22:15 EST Hello all! I'm new to this site and am looking forward to reading inspirational messages and to be inspired by others! Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:45:12 EST Set Back I went to the doctor yesterday between my classes and I found out that I have walking pneumonia. I have been sick for 12 days today. I had tried taking cheap pills from dollar tree then I tried taking the pseudophed that you have to buy from the pharmacy and sign for and those didn't work, so I finally gave in and went to the doctor. I had been doing some exercises and even helped my brother move out of his apartment on Sunday all while I was doing so I was coughing up stuff like crazy and lo... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:08:14 EST Thank you Hi, thank you so much for your welcoming me to SparkPeople. I'm veryexcited about this journey and look forward to loosing the extra pounds. <BR> Thanks again, <BR> Tinka Sat, 26 Apr 2014 12:41:20 EST Hi everyone My name is Marcia, this is my first time to SparkePeople i will need your help and support, i cannot stick to health plan but with your help and support i think i can. thank you. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:35:44 EST Hey there! Hey there! My name's Chianne, I am 20 years old (21 in about 2 months), and one of my long-term goals is to lose around 50 or so pounds. <BR> I've been struggling with my weight for over half of my life and, as a result, i've never really been confident in myself. For as long as I can remember, i've weighed 200 or more pounds. I remember feeling down and sorry for myself a lot throughout the years, and then feeling more guilty when I would turn to food as a comfort for those feelings. But I ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:11:58 EST Journey to a new ME! I have made the decision to consciously eat better and change my lifestyle to be more "full of life". I am 58 years old and both of my knees will be replaced this year. The first one will be on May 12th. I need to eat healthier and add more body movement. I am very serious about this and want/need to make a change. I know I can not do this on my own...I've tried too many times to count. I would appreciate any help and encouragement I can get from this community. I look forward to ineracting ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:27:13 EST Day 1...Again. Well here I am. I am looking for the motivation to lose around 60 pounds. I did it before-two years ago. Then I proceeded to put it all back on. I am so disgusted with myself. I love food, and I love to eat. I have tried many methods for losing weight over the years, most of them I am sure. But this is first time I have ever tried SparkPeople. I am really hopeful that I can get this weight loss going, so that I can feel better about my outer self. I am really motivated at this point ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:38:45 EST Menopause and loosing weight :( help Hello ... Help .... I'm going through menopause and I have put on weight .. im having a hard time loosing it.... has anyone gone thru this that can help. ... thanks Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:52:12 EST Hi I am MarciaLS51 from IL I am 62 years old, 5 feet tall. This is my second time to try Sparks the first I wasn't to into it. I have been on for 2 weeks , I started at 303.4 and I weighed at the Doctor yesterday I am 297.4. I am below 300. Next goal to be below 290. Small goals big ones seem out of reach and I get thinking why try. I have bad knees, back trouble and high blood pressure. So Doctor is on board. I live with my oldest daughter, Tina, who is doing Sparks also. She has lost 12 pounds and is walking... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:43:43 EST Hi! My name is Redgirl54. I am a type 2 diabetic and was diagnosed 4 years ago. I struggle with depression due to the diabetes. I joined Spark People on the first day of April. I have really enjoyed the tracking features for food and activity. This makes me very accountable. I need to lose a total of 37 pounds and I believe I will be successful. This weight did not come on in a few days and I know it will take several months and a lifetime of changes to accomplish my goals. My good friend introduced me to Spark... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:47:56 EST New to sparkle Hello I'm a week in and down 7lbs. Feeling great. Had a union meeting yesterday and there was a table full of goodies and I didn't even desire them. I need to be more active , I do have a work out world membership but haven't been going. I don't like going alone or when it's crowded. Anyone in the Brockton MA area looking for a workout buddy? Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:16:32 EST Nice to meet you'all! Hi, my I'm Cindee. <BR> I have been trying to lose weight for a long time. The most I've weighed has been up to309 lbs! I get discouraged and stress eat, or just become content with my weight and convince myself that that's how I should feel and look. <BR> I have a classic rock band with my sisters and I am the vocalist, so losing weight has haunted me for years. the least I've weighed is 282 lbs and with the help of this site I have started this challenge ones more. <BR> Thank you for we... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:40:25 EST Hey! Hey everyone, my name is Jennifer and I just joined today. I have a very supportive family but none are overweight so itsreally hard for them to relate sometimes! Just looking for friends who might be going through the same things I am and hoping we can motivate each other! I love to read, like to do anything outdoors. Love to cook so any recipies would be great! I have 3 kids and a loving husband. Hope everyone has a great day! Wed, 9 Apr 2014 15:34:55 EST Hello! Well I finally did it, reached 201 on the scale and my husband nagging me. I tried a paid program with little to offer then remembered SparksPeople. I've lost 2 lbs in only a few days. Afraid of getting the saggy skin like an elephant but maybe that won't happen. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:34:40 EST Hello! Well I finally did it, reached 201 on the scale and my husband nagging me. I tried a paid program with little to offer then remembered SparksPeople. I've lost 2 lbs in only a few days. Afraid of getting the saggy skin like an elephant but maybe that won't happen. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:29:02 EST Just Wanted to Say Hi I'm new to Sparkpeople, my name is Catherine and I joined this community to help me try and lose weight and stay motivated along the way. I'm now at 183 and working my way down to 135 by October, I aim to get there so staying positive about all this. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 20:11:39 EST hey im tinea Hey everyone I a, times and I love this website lol hope to make new friends and hope to get sum feed back on my journey on trying to loose about 30 pounds ;) Mon, 7 Apr 2014 14:37:40 EST Newish to spark Hello, I would say this was a brief introduction, but my life is never that boring. March 15, 2014 was my start date for this site found it while browsing for a calorie counter. I am a 32 year old mom of 4. I have 3 girls and a boy. My oldest is 13, then 11, and 9 and then my miracle son who is 2. I had cervical cancer and had to have part of my cervix removed and was told I couldn't have kids anymore. Well 7 years after my last daughter was born and I get to do it all again, of course boys a... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 14:37:08 EST mikibrowneyes At 4' 11" and over 50 years old I need to lose 10 lbs. and maintain to get to my ideal weight, which I was at 10 years ago so I know I can do it. Metabolism has slowed in the last few years and I drink too much wine and last check my cholesterol was at 200. I have to get healthy and I think having a forum to answer to will help with motivation. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 14:41:45 EST New..beyond help! my name is Shirley and I join as a last resort to help myself become healthier and lose mega pounds.. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 10:50:59 EST on my way Hi everyone, <BR> I'm excited to be here starting my life of right eating and weight loss. <BR> Can't wait to fit back into my smaller size jeans. <BR> I hope to lose between 40 to 80 pounds. <BR> So here's to me and all of us on our road to healthy. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 23:53:57 EST Granny Minne Hey I decided to try this again. I. was on here over 5 years ago, but did not try very hard ,and you know if you don't try you fail, and so I am hoping to get healthier this time... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 16:17:57 EST Prediabetes. Want to get my A1C below 6.0 and lose 20 lbs. by summer .It can be so difficult when you are past the age of 50. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:07:58 EST Hello I'm completely new to SparkPeople. I've had small allergic reactions to strong perfumes for about 20 years now but they've gotten worse over the past few years. I now react to newly cut grass, mold, latex, some flowers, many cleansers... which I just avoided as much as possible. Recently I've started reacting to dust - though I guess it's mites? There's a very nice lady at work - allergies since childhood - who's been quite helpful with useful advice (I had nasty side effects - loopy with a b... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:39:15 EST Im new here Hi. Im new here and I would like to find help with losing weight. Im a 40 year old single mom of 3 boys. Two of them are grown and one is married with a daughter. I want to feel better, look better and live healthier. Thanks for the help. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:38:51 EST Out with the old..In with the new.. Hello, im computer challenged. lol. I sew, really sew I teach sewing lessons, love animals, have a special cocker named Ella, Show rabbits all over the US. love to walk, I am a care giver. and love to help people. and now I want to help my self. As I have been in denial with my diebetes. I am in need to be accountable for all my actions. jan Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:41:12 EST Kelly Hi everyone, I'm scheduled for gastric sleeve tomorrow morning at 7 wish me luck. It was actually recommended by my specialists because my health is very bad. so here I go, Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:17:15 EST Getting ready for gastric sleeve This is my first post. I am preparing for the procedure to help my weight loss journey to cone to a more favorable conclusion. I lost ninety five pounds four years ago via a structured medical weight loss program Unfortunately the weight slowly crept back. All of my chronic health conditions returned with a vengeance. I have never experienced long term success with weight loss. Always something got in the way, I am an overeater ANSI have no control over my eating. I realize that failure in th... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 15:51:06 EST Renewing my Spark I'm starting again with Spark People. Looking for ways to keep moving forward and staying healthy! Sun, 30 Mar 2014 13:02:39 EST Air purifier What do you have in your home? We had an ancient Honeywell from Costco that finally kicked the bucket last year, and it's Germ Guardian replacement, also from Costco, is not cutting it. <BR> <BR> I have dogs, cats, and inevitably dust, so we know we need a powerful beast of a machine. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 20:20:32 EST Hi, newbie here! I am a 42 year old mother of two. Since my early twenties I have battled my weight over and over again. I was a strong, healty highly athletic person. I have steadly gone down hill. I know now with age that this process needs to be one step at a time and it will not be overnight. I don't want to end up like others in my family who cannot even get out of bed or a chair most days and no longer participate in life. That scares me. Looking forward to this.....i think.... apprehensive. <BR>... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:21:45 EST Hello everyone! Newbie here :-) Hey, how awesome is this site?!?! Just popping in to say hello as I learn the ropes around here. <BR> I'm a mom of 3 little ones who are 9, 6 & 5 and have 25lbs (or so- I'm not really as hung up on the number so much as physical shape) to lose for my 10th wedding anniversary and vow renewal in 20 weeks! I am ready to get back into pristine shape and blow my husbands socks off in that renewal gown! I've set a start date of April 1st to give me a few days to really get a feel for the site, prep... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:50:34 EST Weightloss with Godly scriptures for 2014 I read Lynn Modranskis Biblical group weightloss plan and I decided to start one in my home. <BR> We are on the 2nd week of her plan. Which group should we join on Spark people? Christi Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:37:29 EST Lisa k Hello, I am new to this program. I figured I would try it out. To see if it could help me in reaching my weight loss goal. It's very hard to plan healthy meals. Also, preventing over eating. I'm hoping I can learn from all of you and become healthier and happier.. :) thanks Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:26:45 EST Hello Friends My name is Wendy and I am trying to loose weight. My husband does all the cooking and I cant loose weight. Help I need some friends and suport. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:53:01 EST Finding me under all lol. My name is Kayla and like the title says I'm trying to find the person I know I am underneath all the "me" I've put on over the years. I'm 24 years old and have a five and three year old. My kids are my world and I hope to get fit so I can be a better mommy. I've always had a little trouble doing it on my own so if anyone wants to chat or get together to work out let me know! Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:55:55 EST Just joined I have struggled with my weight for years. It is so much harder to lose as I get older (as it is for everyone). I lost 30 pounds and still had more to go when I had foot surgery and gained 15 back. I took a vacation and I'm tired of not liking to have my picture taken. Exercise is somewhat easy, the food is an issue. I have tried many programs and hope this one helps me,! <BR> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 20:58:27 EST 54tiggersue New today. Did ok so far! Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:46:07 EST Over 40 with 50 plus pounds to lose! I was tired of the diet phases. I recently had surgery and it sent me into menopause. Gained about 50 pounds. I am ready to take it off!!! Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:55:20 EST Glad I'm not alone Hi to all Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:50:10 EST Hello! Hi, I'm Pam. I'm 43, very busy with 3 kids and am very tired of feeling blah and unmotivated. I'm not overweight, but I feel quite chunky. I lost weight with Weight Watchers 7 years ago but most of it is back. My main goal is to GET HEATHLY!! Sun, 16 Mar 2014 17:28:34 EST Hello Everyone Hi my name is Jenn and I have seasonal allergies as well as everyday allergies to things such as dogs, cats, weeds, dust, dust mites, etc. I have gotten more sensitive and my reactions have been more intense as I got older. Is there any advice on how to deal with allergies in public places? Sat, 15 Mar 2014 17:23:33 EST Hi. It's Jessie. Trying to be better. I have been an on and off user of Spark, but it really does work if you do it consistantly and honestly. Now I have a problem. I have injured my knee (torn ACL) and I can't do cardio. That is a big problem for me becaus I love to run and use the eliptical trainer. I usually take my dog about 3 miles a day, My dog is very disappointed. I will be getting my ACL repaired and eventually be back to my usual activity, but in the mean time I am afraid of gainig a lot of weight. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 08:26:43 EST New to this Hello all :) <BR> I am new to SparkPeople and looking forward to my journey. My second day on here and very pleased to see all of the information and resources I can use. This site/community seems to be very welcoming, so thank you. <BR> <BR> I am looking to becoming a better me and looking to lose at least 30 lbs by mid-June. Today is my first day of my lifestyle change and I am praying that I get through. <BR> <BR> I end up giving up, binge eating which in result, gain more weight than ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:58:39 EST Hope To Be Accepted Hi, <BR> I learned about this group through support meetings at the military hospital on Ft Bragg in North Carolina. I injured my knee and started to gain weight after doing Atkins for around 10 years successfully. Due to my physical limitations, I have had problems exercising at the level I used to do. As a result I have been going through the process of preparing to have bariatric surgery. I am looking for support and am hoping to find others that have been through the process. Thanx! Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:10:08 EST moodykeys Hi my name is Mary and I have been on a better eating plan since jan. one month 28 days actually. I started at 232 pounds and today I weighed in at 220. I need to lose 97 ponds to be at the top weight for my height. after 2 months of eating better, mainly stopping almost all sugar. I have started to feel much better and I move a lot easier than in the past without losing my breath. hoping to keep improving on this and feeling even better.. I was told by my wellness person to track my calories... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:11:49 EST Early Allergies My family jokes that they know when spring is going to hit about a week before everyone else because my nose gets stuffy about a week before we start seeing spring. I've got allergies now, which in theory means next week it will be "spring." Does anyone else have these allergies now, or is my nose weird? Because it doesn't feel like spring will hit next week... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:29:23 EST Allergic to most foods Hello I'm new at this and am having a difficult time figuring out some food that are healthy that I can eat and like. I am allergic to all fresh fruits and veggies, shellfish, nuts, mustard and soy. Anyone have any ideas that could help me? <em>24</em> Sun, 9 Mar 2014 16:04:49 EST hi everyone My names Fadia. Ive been hooked onto this forum..reading everyones posts is really so inspiring. Im 43 years old, with 5 generally a very active and sporty person who is strugglibg to lose weight. Ive started a healthy eating plan. <BR> .nothing hectic...just including more protein in my diet...amd lotsa veggies. Im hoping that through this forum I will become more motivated and start training properlt. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 15:09:23 EST Hi- I am from Jacksonville, FL I am looking forward to this new journey in my life where I am learning to make better food choices, incorporating daily exercise into my life. <BR> Kids are grown, grandchildren out of town so I have reason no reasons why I shouldn't do this. <BR> I was a dental hygienist for thirty-two years and have been married for almost forty years. <BR> Actually, my husband has joined me in this effort as well! <BR> Wish us well, please, we are on our way :-) Thu, 6 Mar 2014 16:25:28 EST hello Hello all, I am here to get myself back on track. In the last 4 years, I have gained 40 lbs. I am trying to get it off and then some. I have to start small and work my way back up to the fitness and nutrition level I want to be at for the rest of my life. I am thanking you in advance for any support and encouragement you may offer. I hope that I can be that source for some of you as well. Thanks Thu, 6 Mar 2014 06:42:58 EST Changing and adjusting The nasal steroidal spray I was on which is the generic for nasacort was causing nosebleeds and headaches and possibly weight gain due to steroids in it. I went back to claritin -d , generic for singulair , and asmanex. This seems to work pretty well. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 09:22:03 EST Hi my name is Shawna Today starts my weightloss journey! I'm very nervous, almost scared. I have failed at this journey so many times, but today I'm just doing one day at a time:) Tue, 4 Mar 2014 18:59:05 EST Hello - Entering third week of Super Shred Hi all, <BR> I am a 63 year old female that is entering my third week of Super Shred. I have followed the diet carefully, but have only lost TWO pounds. I am very drepressed about this. I was so excited to start this new venture (my goal was to drop 20 lbs. in four weeks) as the diet promises to do. Is this normal? What could I be doing wrong? I was not able to exercize for a full 30-40 Minutes per day, so I started gradually at 10 minutes and added about 5 - 10 min. each day to my work... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:34:20 EST Found the Introduce Yourself Page Hi, I'm Chrystal. I've been lurking around the site for a little over a week, and so far i'm enjoying it. I like to crochet when i have time and space, and I'm a TV addict. My biggest challenge is finding the motivation to get up and do something, including cleaning my house. Mon, 3 Mar 2014 21:03:07 EST I am the fat mom. Hello, my name is Stacy and I am the fat mom at the preschool. I have been fat for a long time, but this is the fattest that I have ever been. I avoided scales ever since my youngest was born (she is 4 now). I knew that I was getting bigger, but I was in denial about just how much bigger I was. I recently went to the doctor and got a weight. The number made me want to cry. 270. Yeah, that's not good. So it is time for a change. I joined the sparkpeople website at this time last year,... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 12:12:08 EST food allergy help Hello it's my first day here! (YAY) Lots of the diets I see call for fruits and vegetables servings. As fate would have it, I am allergic to fresh fruit and vegetables and nuts! A lot of the meals and things that I could eat I am unable to eat. Does anyone else have this or have any suggestions or replacements of things that work in place of fruits/veggies. Mon, 3 Mar 2014 01:44:36 EST daryl kemp retired I am 65 retired and have gained weight to 280lbs, I am a diebetic type 2, my goal weight is 210 lbs, I would appreciate some help in daily diet, and exercise program, as well as quitting smoking Sat, 1 Mar 2014 16:40:53 EST Hello Everyone :-) Hello! I am a 32 yr old female who has been trying to lose weight for a while. This is my first time on Spark People. I just left MyFitnessPal. I wanted to try something new. I realized that I cannot stop tracking what I'm eating because I can overeat if I'm not careful. Trying to lose 40 lbs by my next birthday so I can be a healthier person at 33 that I was the years before that :-) Sat, 1 Mar 2014 15:13:24 EST Gotta start somewhere... gotta start sometime... Hello! <BR> Where do I begin... I've been addicted to all sorts of bad things. I am hoping to become addicted to good things! I know this is not a diet- it's a life style change. And change doesn't happen overnight. There will be blood, sweat and and lots of tears, I'm sure, but I've got to give it a shot. I deserve to be healthy and enjoy my body. I'm recruting friends to join me on this journey. Motivation, support and celebration! I can do this! We can do this! Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:09:38 EST Total Newbie ~ Looking for support and motivation My name is Katy and I am ready for some help to get fit & healthy :) Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:48:57 EST hi kppendleton here need all the support i can get I am new to sparks am trying hard to stick to my goals again, hope I can make it after all the slipups Thu, 27 Feb 2014 07:24:36 EST 52 and ready to start living. Im 52 and 5,2, 223lbs.I have not cared about myself in along time, very depressed and just lock my self away in my bedroom and just waiting to die.But I just want to get better now and I dont know how to even start.I really someone to do this with, or I will not do it.Please help me. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:58:47 EST Hi! I'm new here! My name is Danielle and I am 21. I chose to join this team because I hoped I would get help, or answers to some of my dietary concerns. I have had allergies since I was 15 and they just came out of no where. It is not just seasonal allergies, I have food allergies as well. I cannot eat any fruits (unless they are cooked), vegetables (unless they are processed) or nuts. As you can imagine, it is quite difficult for me to eat properly when I can't eat any of the proper foods. I was wondering if... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 18:55:53 EST Here I am Hello, <BR> I'm Tessa (AKA Squishieme) I got the nick name squishie from my sister, I was at a Dr. appointment when I text her about it. It was a breast check up, there are some spots that they monitor every year. My sister asked how the boobies were doing I told he big and squishie. So squishie stuck. This is my third time working with sparkpeople. I really enjoyed it the first time met some members, but didn't keep in touch with them. The second time I let life get in the way. <BR... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:09:23 EST Ready to do this Hi my name is Cindy i had signed up for sparks awhile ago and then had surgery done on my foot. I am finally able to start slowly getting back to my life. With that said i want to start losing this weight and start a new life of happiness and health. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:28:14 EST Zetonna I have really severe allergies and I also have astelin and the genereic for nasonex, singulair and loratadine. They all seem to work pretty good together. I just worry that it is a lot. I also have asthma and I take asmanex. I worry that the steroids in asmanex and the nasonex generic are helping me gain and add the weight. Have any of you had any problems with this? Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:59:03 EST Hi my name is Joni! Hi everyone! I joined about 2 months ago, but I'm really just getting going with the program! I'm still trying to figure it all out, but I have learned a lot with what I have been reading! Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:53:43 EST MY FIRST DAY hello there its my first day here on spark im feeling happy i have made my first step to health fitness beauty and happiness! good luck for all of us ladies and gentleman Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:45:57 EST I so want to loose weight.... trying for the millionth time to loose 45 pounds....usually last one day on a diet.....but I try again each day.......can I ever do this? I am a successful teacher in real life.... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:31:35 EST Hello Everyone! Thank for your welcome messages! I am soooo overwhelmed!!! I was looking for an easy menu to start with...I am a meat eater and not ready for too BIG of a change yet! Can any of you make suggestions? <BR> <BR> Debbie Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:15:56 EST EXERCISING WHILE HAVING BPPV Does anyone have SEVERE Vertigo - Benign Positional Paroxyl Vertigo? I have it so severely that I cannot do situps, lunges, ANYTHING, except walk. I need some exercises that I CAN do. I take Meclazine, however it does NOT help. I am NOT DIZZY - THE ROOM IS. It is like the school teacher, riding her bike in the tornado in the Wizard of Oz and the house Dorothy is in spins around and around. <BR> <BR> I need to lose weight. I have had had BPPV for 2 years now and have taken physical th... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 19:56:24 EST A new Beginning I am 37 and been through a lot in my life, like most people. I want to lose 150 lbs. I was in the military and got hurt very badly. I got a head injury and hurt my back. I gained 100 lbs after getting out in one year and steadily gained some more since then. My eating habits were bad and mostly I was eating just trying to feel better. Now I got diagnosed with having type 2 diabetes and that has really motivated me. It is not bad and the doctor thinks it will be like pregnant women who get ges... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:58:02 EST Hi-starting again! I'm starting this again with a few more added pounds to lose!! Seems I start out fine, then lose my way. I'm trying to get healthy and in shape. I've never posted before, I always thought I could do it myself, but it seems I need help. So here we go again. Wish me luck! It looks like a lot of support out there and I hope to one day be helpful to others. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 08:45:04 EST frances Im trying to lose 30 more pounds, I hope I can make alot of friends here to help me. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 20:05:45 EST Renewing my commitment to myself to be healthier Hi all, I've been here before. A couple of times actually. Decided to give it one more try, and to take it slow. Previously I'd jump in with both feet and get a good start then run out of steam fairly quickly. Hopefully by taking it slower this time I will succeed. After all I didn't get this way over night. Happy Sparking and God Bless. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 09:19:44 EST A new lease on life Hi all! <BR> <BR> I am a 32 year old cancer survivor, wife and mom of one. After a 5 year battle with multiple myeloma I am gratefully in full response to treatment, though I am loathe to say I am healthy. For this entire journey I have told myself that the extra weight is from all the steroids, or that I would lose it when I had my transplant last spring, but not so. While I believe that during treatment was not the time to try to lose weight I don't think that gaining(!) 50lbs assisted ... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 00:55:08 EST Arlebne Hello, <BR> In hopes of losing weight and maintaining it as a lifestyle change. Any tips? Fri, 7 Feb 2014 18:36:12 EST I'm a newbee to sparkpeople I joined at the end if last year but things were so hectic here that I did not have time to devote to the program. Well, now is the time. I would like to introduce myself, my name is Sandy, age 70+ but do not think of myself as old. I love animals, and have 4 dogs and a parrot. It seems like I have always been on a diet of one sort or another. I managed to get myself up to 278# and have been successful in getting my weight down to 210# but I feel that I can't get it beyond that point. I'm los... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 00:11:55 EST I'm New Hello All, <BR> I am new to this forum as well as spark, my name is Hazel and I am 53 years old, I have seasonal allergies, I usually take reactine, which helps but makes me sleepy, and feel drugged so hoping this year will be a little better for me. I am allergic to grass, mold, golden rod, and trees, which is a new one for me. all of these started in my 40ies, Hoping things will get better. well that is a little about me. <BR> <BR> cheers <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 15:54:51 EST god bless god is good ! hello my name is zully and i am currently having a super hard time trying to loose weight i need help and suport to get motivated . Wed, 5 Feb 2014 07:26:19 EST hello im trying to find my way Hi im from tn just trying not to feel traped in this body Tue, 4 Feb 2014 00:42:41 EST Hi, I'am giving this another try! Hello everyone! I have so many obstacles to get past, I have decided to take control before it goes out of control, I do not over eat, I under eat which is just as bad if not worse. I have develped a phobia about looking at myself in the mirror and hating the reflection. I know I need to feel better about myself. I am hoping to change all these issues about myself in a helathier and more positive way! Sun, 2 Feb 2014 12:49:47 EST maker diet I am using a book called"makers diet" 40 day health experience by Jordan Rubin to bring my mind body & spirit into a place God is asking me to address "My body is his temple of holy spirit" so i should treat it with that respect because my life is not mine any more it was bought at a price through the blood of Jesus Christ my lord and saviour <BR> It also helps to bring your blood sugar , I.B.S, parasites ,losing weight , cleansology sinus & skin health back into balance . I am a living test... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 01:55:53 EST Makers diet I am using a book called"makers diet" 40 day health experience by Jordan Rubin to bring my mind body & spirit into a place God is asking me to address "My body is his temple of holy spirit" so i should treat it with that respect because my life is not mine any more it was bought at a price through the blood of Jesus Christ my lord and saviour <BR> It also helps to bring your blood sugar , I.B.S, parasites ,losing weight , cleansology sinus & skin health back into balance . I am a living test... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 01:54:31 EST Here's to new beginnings I thought I could do it on my own. I tried, 4 years ago. I lost 60 pounds. I gained it all back. Then a few months ago in November I thought, what's stopping me? My only obstacle is myself. So I decided to try again. I lost 30 pounds since November, and got under 200, which was one of my goals. A part of me is scared to get back down to the weight I was when I last lost weight, in fear that it won't stick this time either. But I will never get there unless I try. Every day is a struggle, and ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:40:20 EST finding your way around spark people hello well im on spark people again for another go of it i havent been o for a few yrs i believe...tryed quite a few yrs ago but didnt keep it its a new start and and a new beginig...i was at my highest weight 2 yrs ago at 265 so i desided to go to hebal magic i did do my2 yrs although i didnt follow it perfectly i did lose approx 50 pounds...since the i can not stand taking pills...and i am back up to i will start slowly and py attention o what i eating..i go swimming 2 t... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:01:18 EST New here (again) Hello everyone! <BR> I started this journey toward a healthier me last year. Got sidetracked midway due to surgery. I am back and ready to make some much needed positive changes! Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:17:16 EST heiler Hi everyone. I have joined this site to keep me on track of my goals and to give me motivation along the way. My goals consist of losing 15 pounds and jogging a 5k by August. I enjoy walking, rollerblading, swimming and hanging out with my kids. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 08:12:08 EST Help me to come up with a diet plan please!?! Hello everyone! You do not hear much from me at all, but I promise I am here. I am asking for your help with a diet plan that has to work for me. Tell me what you do, what works for you, what can work for me... all of the above and anything else you come up with. This is what I need: I need a diet that is low (and or) low in wheat (gluten, flour whatever it is that we are sensitive to), sugar and dairy. I am finding out more and more these things I am allergic to (food wise) or sensitive to. ... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 00:34:07 EST Introduction to Team Forum Hi everyone! <em>524</em> Wanted to introduce myself and check in to see how others are doing plus to read any information I need about allergies, etc. <BR> <BR> It is very cold and snowy where I am at. Worked out 5 days since last Saturday, but a little concerned about allergies making me tired. Do take Singluair at night for allergy related Asthma. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 11:31:37 EST Thank you for the warm welcome! Hello, everyone! <BR> <BR> I want to thank you for the warm welcome. I signed up for Spark yesterday, ran around doing errands, and then came back to find that Spark put me in the allergies team. I didn't even realise there was one until I came back today to check out the site more fully. I'm so happy to have support and motivation through the allergy ridden spots on the journey and beyond! <BR> <BR> My motivation is three-fold: <BR> 1.) I've been wanting to get healthier since I started my... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 10:18:20 EST How do you drink 8 glasses of water? So I have been trying for a couple months to get 8 glasses of water in a day and it seems really tough. Does anyone have a strategy on how to get all 8 in one day? Fri, 24 Jan 2014 01:59:12 EST I need will power Hello fellow weight losers. I seriously want and need to lose weight and eat healthy and exercise for my son and myself. But some place down the road I've lost my will power to do any of it. I thought that by joining this site/community it might help. Sincerely hope so. If any of you have any advice please email/text me. <BR> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:38:17 EST Hello I am in my 40's and looking to lose 40 pounds. I am doing this not just to look better but to be healthier. I have done it before but had a back injury and have been going through treatment and unable to exercise. I still have a bad back and waiting for approval from my insurance for surgery, so I am going to start off with changing diet and walking everyday. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:40:52 EST Forgot to get my allergy shots I forgot to get my allergy shots last week. Guess I have been way to busy and need to slow down. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 06:04:31 EST sportygma6 When life gives you lemons make lemonade. Lemonade is good but to sour with out the real sugar. Not the same without the real stuff so I drink water, walk and do Zumba Gold. Transitions are always hard some harder than others but when you choose to make a change its always fun to share with others. I like to travel go to the mountains or the ocean. I love being a grandma. Have two great children with great spouses and six awesome grandchildren. I want to get strong and stay healthy so I can ... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:42:46 EST Intro time... Hi all, <BR> Just trying to lose the jelly belly and overall feel good inside and out. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:05:15 EST new to this group! I'm Julie from Springfield, MO, and am new to this group. Working on getting healthy and fit. Leaving for the gym now! Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:57:07 EST Hello Everyone I am here to get healthier and loose 100 lbs in the next 2yrs. Looking for friends and encouragement. I am still trying to learn how to use sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> Add me as a friend and let the fun begin. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 17:11:35 EST 22 and wanting to change My name is Nicole. I am 22 years old and I am 173.6 pounds. I was a size 3 (120lbs) all through out highschool and in the four years since graduation, I have gone up to a size 13. I have never really been a fan of healthy food but I am trying. I want to not only be healthy but I want to lose at least 40 to 50lbs and look fit. I have made a few changes in life over the past year and more changes will come in the future. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 18:25:47 EST I'm Ready for A Change Hello Everyone! My name is Priscilla. I am overweight, I am tired and I need a change. When I signed up for this site, once I got in, I was very intimidated and overwhelmed. It is far more exciting looking than I expected. But I am like a fish in water. I am currently, diabetic, overweight, with high BP. Low Cholesterol but still had a heart attack at 36 and an Angioplasty at 38. For a young African American female that starts a host of other illnesses that could occur and I want to b... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:41:29 EST Masherry HI! I am excited to join in here. I am 57 yrs old. I live in a very small town called Braxton. Everyone knows everyone. I have many health problems. My main reason for wanting to make life changes for the best are my 6 grandbabies ages 18 months -10years, I need to set a good example for them. I LOVE FAMILY, READING AND COOKING. I am ready to get started and need all the help I can get. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:39:03 EST Hello, I am Wildpink3 I am currently working to lose weight. I can't wait for spring to go for walks. I have a long journey so I take it one day at a time. I spent a year changing my eating habits so this year it is time to add exercise. Any tips are welcome. Nice to meet all of you. Wildpink3 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:07:11 EST Trying it Again Ms. T I'm new to how this works but I'm hoping that I can be consistent and beat my unhealthy lifestyle. I'm a stress eater who turns to sweets and soda. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 05:30:17 EST Hi, My name is Charlotte I am going to be accountable this year for the food that goes into my body! I will be married for 42 years next week, to my high school sweetheart. He has seen me all sizes and does complain about my size, he is concerned about my health. I have RA, High blood pressure and need to lose a lot of weight. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:35:44 EST Almost 50 My name is Pam. I have two teenage daughters and a wonderful husband, all of whom love me just the way I am. I have high blood pressure and two brothers who have died from massive heart attacks and both were younger than I am. I am not in "bad" shape but not in great shape either. I run some, do some yoga but I am not consistent. I hate cold weather and tend to hibernate when it is cold outside. I prefer to run outside rather than on a treadmill which I have at our neighborhood gym. I ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:26:23 EST Hello to all Hi everyone, I'm Teresa, new to this kind of thing. I'm 32, 220 lbs. and am searching for inspiration, direction and enthusiasm. I was told by some to try this out and here I am! So I hope to be able to remain united with my goals and with this forum to progress to a healthier new me! Thanks for reading this! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 09:50:29 EST hi my name is derrick and this is my first time using this please tell me how to add callories and other stuff about this thanks and God bless Sun, 12 Jan 2014 19:16:11 EST Hi, I'm Maria It's been 6 days since I started, my first weigh in is tomorrow morning. I've just spent the last hour preparing my "line up" of heathy snacks for tonight tv viewing. The Golden Globes are on, runner up to the Oscars. Anyone else watching tonight? <BR> <BR> I've mixed fat free sour cream with fat free ricotta cheese and fat free mild salsa. Yum! I've got 2 cups of sliced raw veggies for dipping. Red peppers, radishes, cucumber, celery, broccoli, carrots. Less than 230 calories and shou... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 15:40:12 EST Hello from Southern California! Hi! my name is Nancy. I live in Sunny California. I am a guitar teacher and also perform professionally. I have normally been a very active person, but my schedule has been so crazy the past couple of years that I have put on some unwanted pounds that have been difficult to shed. My goal on being here today, is to be accountable to others, to keep to my goals, and to shed these last few pounds. Sometimes people don't take me seriously when I tell them I need to lose weight, but each o... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 13:35:28 EST No more excuses. I kept putting off and instead I put on...weight. I've had a lot of family issues that I've dealt with in the last three years and used it as an excuse, but now I've got to focus on getting myself back to a healthy lifestyle. I can't ignore the fact that my clothes are tight and uncomfortable. A fatty has invaded my body and its time for her to go. No more excuses...I'm just going to do it and enjoy the journey. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 10:27:40 EST super excited Let me start off by just saying wow!! I've joined communities like this before and this is the first time I've gotten a warm welcome. That's why I'm super excited. My name is Baylee I'm 27 years old and I would love to maintain my weight and be healthy. Let me explain my dilemma. I've always been between 120-160. When I first became a housewife I weighed 125 then I shot up to 160 and got stretch marks with no baby tummy!! I got really depressed with that and a lot of family problems that I we... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 17:37:16 EST Time to get started... and make friends! Hey, everyone. I'm very new to this, and a little shy. But I'm thrilled to be joining, and I'm looking forward to getting to know as many people as possible! I'm a graduate student in Kentucky, which leaves me with very little time to socialize, so any friends/ accountability buddies I make will be really cool! <BR> I am 23, just got out of a toxic relationship, and have decided to take a stand against the unhappiness I feel and start doing things for myself, and not other people! <BR> I ho... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 16:15:00 EST I'm new here Hello, <BR> I'm a mom of two children, and a teacher. I've been struggling with my weight for years now. I've tried many different diets that don't seem to work or they are to hard to maintain. My husband says hey weight loss is simple put less calories in than you put out with exercise. This does not motivate me in the least and is way too abstract to even think about. I'm glad to have found this site to here that other people are going through the same struggles as me and there are ste... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 08:07:59 EST A NEW ME Hi! I signed up some time ago but for the 1st time, I feel like it's MY TIME to be a healthier happier ME. I'm new to actually utilizing Spark tools so please be patient with me. I welcome comments, encouragement, and anything positive you all have to offer...Thanks SP community Sat, 11 Jan 2014 04:48:56 EST Hello Hello, I would like to introduce myself. I joined spark people 2 says ago, after hearing about you great people on Facebook. My start out weight was 140. After 2 days, I am down to 137. I am a full time secretary, with a husband who works full time (shift work), and two children. I look forward to visiting with everyone. Please feel free to add me, or friend me, as I do not know all of the details of this feature yet. I am a fast learner, and hope to get to know a lot of new people here. ... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:13:29 EST 2 documentary series you need to see! This will change the way you see obesity and weightloss forever! Courtesy of BBC HealthCare <BR> <BR> The Men Who Made Us Fat (link to episode 1, 3 episodes in the series) <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The Men Who Made Us Thin (link to episode 1, 4 in the series) <link> </link> Thu, 9 Jan 2014 21:52:52 EST Getting back on track! Hello! Happy New Year to all! I joined SparkPeople in order to lose the 15 pounds I gained since September 2013. I also would like to lose an additional 10 pounds but I'm just focusing on the first 15 right now. Tracking my food daily is the biggest help so far. It really keeps me focused. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:57:14 EST Mother of 4 who needs to lose 100 pounds Hi my name is Sarah. My goal is to get down to about 120-130 pounds in the next 2 years tops. I currently weigh 233 pounds so that's anywhere from 100 to 110 pounds for me to lose. I've become very unhealthy physically and mentally so this is crucial for my well being. I grew up eating a lot of the wrong things pretty much so it's hard for me to understand what is healthy and what's not; I want to learn though. I have four small children ages 6, 3, 2 and 1 (the youngest being the only girl). ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:37:43 EST First Day Hey - this is my first day and not so sure how to do this part, but so far I luv this website! Sun, 5 Jan 2014 07:11:32 EST back after 5 years I last tried spark 5 years ago as a teenager. I was able to lose 15 pounds and reach my goal of 150. I now have 35 pounds to lose to reach 150 again. I have patellofemeral syndrome which will make this more difficult. I'm hoping there are other people on here that are young with knee problems. I can't find anyone in my everyday life that can understand how hard exercise is with a knee problem. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 03:46:23 EST Hey Everyone!! My Name is Tanisha! I'm 25 years old, I have two kids 9 and 5. So now that i have my kids out the way, I want my body back! I had my first child at 16 so I have been out of shape for a while. I am now 191lbs but I want to get down to 150 to 140 if I can. I need all the help I can get. I'm the type that will start something and never get to the finish line. smh...So if u guys can just keep me positive i know i can do this!!! Sun, 5 Jan 2014 02:50:13 EST Hello My name is Susan and I just joined December 30, 2013. I have seasonal allergies and am severely allergic to bees. I am so happy to find a group of people with similar allergy issues. I would love to make as many friends as possible. I have two teenagers and a wonderful husband. Message me anytime. : ) Sat, 4 Jan 2014 20:37:02 EST ONE MORE TRY BACK TO WORK ON MONDAY AND BACK ON MY DIET. THIS IS NOT EASY, BUT I CANNOT GIVE UP IMHAVE TO KEEP ON TRYING. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:44:35 EST Do you take your allergy medicine twice a day? I get allergy shots every two weeks and take allergy medicine twice a day. My allergies are not as bad as they used to be. Some days I use a saline nasal flush to help relieve the sinus pressure. I have had allergies since I was about 5 years old. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 06:07:04 EST Just Started New to Spark People and I am happy to be here <em>30</em> Fri, 3 Jan 2014 06:00:38 EST Time To Change Hello. New here to sparkpeople. My sister turned me on to the site when I told her it's about time I lost weight since I weigh more than I ever have and feel completely unattractive. Since I want to date the likes of John Cusack or Kris Holden-Reid, well - it is time I look my best. But mainly, I'm tired of hurting all the time. It hurts to walk across the room most of the time. My hope is that if I lose the weight I can do things again. No one believes by looking at me that I LOVE to ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 20:41:40 EST 50+members with 10 to 24 pounds to lose Hello, I'm new to SparkPeople. I've been having such a hard time losing weight. I need to get back to being accountable for dieting and recording what I eat. I use to be on weight watchers. I went to all there meeting in the month, got weighed in, made it to becoming a life time member. I did reach my goal. It was a successful story but it came crumbling down when I needed foot surgery. I never went back to the meetings that gave me that support. So the weight crept back. I need support. I ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 20:30:02 EST 50+members with 10 to 24 pounds to lose Hello, I'm new to SparkPeople. I've been having such a hard time losing weight. I need to get back to being accountable for dieting and recording what I eat. I use to be on weight watchers. I went to all there meeting in the month, got weighed in, made it to becoming a life time member. I did reach my goal. It was a successful story but it came crumbling down when I needed foot surgery. I never went back to the meetings that gave me that support. So the weight crept back. I need support. I ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 20:15:29 EST Fit in 14 My new motto! Very much looking forward to reaching AND keeping my goals! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 16:20:55 EST Need Help and Support Hi, I am new to this site and i am hoping that is will help me achieve my New Years Goals. I am a 27 year old mother of two beautiful kids. I am looking to start living a healthy life style so i can be around them for many years. I am also doing this to prove not only to myself but to my kids that living a healthy life is the best way. I am a border line diabetic, meaning i am insulin intolerance. I have had many consultations with different diaticians. I have heard many different things that... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:40:02 EST I need new sleeping life Hi: I''m Deborah, age 64. Life-long avid exerciser, reader, writer/researcher. I work hard but I also pamper myself. Sleeping well has become a problem. Can't get to bed, can't fall asleep, can't get enough. Right now my eyes are burning with fatigue but I've got to make it through a long day of meetings and work on my computer. Poor eating schedule may be a part of it also. I need to seriously re-evaluate my sleeping arrangements and routine. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:57:12 EST New to spark Hey I'm new to spark and any healthy easy take your lunch to work ideas would <BR> Be so appreciated. Nice to meet everyone. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 16:27:42 EST Happy New Year! Hi Everyone! <BR> I'm ready to an amazing year in 2014! I was getting allergy shots and stopped getting them I was told by the allergies to take 2 OTC allergies pills PLUS get the shots weekly, take a show twice a day and to do this for at least a YEAR! <BR> So I've stopped getting the allergy shots paying $50 a week with insurance and still have to take a daytime and night time allergy pill....I'm going to figure out something different to treat these allergies. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 16:08:03 EST Positive 2014 Hi. I'm a 66 year old lady who is 187 lb. and needs to be around 140 lb. I'm vertically challenged at 5 ft. 3 in., so every bite of food turns into a pound on me. I have knee problems, a right total knee already and the left knee heading there. Have had an arthroscopy already, so need to get the weight off. I know overall I will feel better. I do struggle with some depression, so food has been a pacifier for me. Taking vitamin D at this time and feel better from fresh start n... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:43:22 EST Day 1 - Again :) OK, done feeling sorry for myself. One day at a time. I choose to make every day a good day. No better time than the 1st day of the New Year. Good luck everyone, good luck me! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:56:00 EST I'm over 60 and I need help I have never weighed this much in my life. While I haven't been slim for many years, I have reached a new high (low), I have two young granddaughters that I love with all of my heart and I want to play with them. I need help. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:36:21 EST Hi Monica Hi Monica this is the first time i am doing something like this so here it goes please help me as i learn <BR> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:47:02 EST weigtloss I need to loosr the weight. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:27:32 EST Ready to find the new me Hi there ~ I am embarking on a new journey. I have struggled with my weight all my life. I will be celebrating my 43rd birthday tomorrow and I need to make a change. I want to become healthy & be around for a long time for my daughter and my husband. I came to join SparkPeople after hearing about a Biggest Loser contestant using the site after being voted off the show. I know I have it in me to succeed...I am ready to succeed. My only fear is the whole making a menu. I never did good with Wei... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 20:15:34 EST New and somewhat lost Hi I am Juanda, I joined because I have gained 70 pounds in the last few years. I am a great starter, I start all kinds of very good programs, but staying power is another matter. I'm hoping that joining this community will give me some extra support. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 18:20:54 EST Newbie Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Im new to Sparkpeople and i am ready to start changing my lifestyle to become a healthier person! <BR> <BR> I am obese but i am not looking to be 'skinny', i just want to be healthier and generally a lot fitter than i am at the moment. I am keen to start new things and have recently enrolled at my local gym as a starting point. My first class is tomorrow! Wish me luck haha <BR> <BR> :) Fri, 27 Dec 2013 06:05:05 EST Hello, new and needing motivation Hi I am a mother of 3 girls who teach high school technology classes. I just came across this site and hope that it will help to motivate myself to get up and start moving again and eating right. I need to lose 40 lbs., 20 of which I have gained in the past year :( . I tend to keep to myself, but am looking forward to meeting new friends and trying a different type of support group since doing this on my own does not seem to be working. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 22:48:53 EST A link you may enjoy <link> </link> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 22:33:55 EST Hi my name is Gloria I just turned 51 this year, i try to stay fit and active, haven't reached my goal yet, but i am getting there, any suggestions anybody. Who else is on the chat tonight. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:23:28 EST Here I go again. Hi everyone! Here I am again, preparing to try another weight loss program. I feel like I've tried just about every program and system out there (probably not in reality but it sure feels that way) and failed every one of them. I know the mechanics of losing weight, I have trouble sticking with the lifestyle changes required to reach my goals. I guess if I'm to be totally honest here, I get bored with the process and just get lazy and quit trying. <BR> <BR> I am 53 years old, married, curre... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:42:08 EST Hello All My name is Mariela and i just want to introduce myself to this website. Sat, 14 Dec 2013 16:35:41 EST succeednow7 Hello everyone one. I was a spark member in 2004 and now I am back in 2013. I have learned some important lessons about weight loss. <BR> 1. There is no quick fix. It takes patience, committment and perserverance to achieve ones goals. <BR> 2. I must be in it for the long haul, It did not take just 7 days to put the weight on and it will not take seven days to loose if I want lasting results. <BR> 3. I don't use the word diet, I am pursuing pernament life style changes that will extend ... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 13:58:12 EST Hi today just starting Hello, trying this page to start my new changes to my old fitness lifestyle before I lost track 2 years ago Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:50:42 EST Hello Everyone Hey there, my name is Eryn and I had some issues with the College Freshman weight gain. I came to college weighing just under 150 pounds and I felt a bit too tiny for my size. I now weigh over 80 lbs more than when I came to school. I want to get back to a healthy weight that I can feel attractive being. I was recently married and I would love to get back to the size I was when my husband fell in love with me. I look forward to all the aid that this site with provide on my weight loss journey Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:25:23 EST New here Hi there, I am a long time member who didn't feel the need to use the forums when I registered. I thought I could do this on my own. When I joined, I weighed 164 pounds and was prepping to run a 5k, i now weigh 180 and have a very unhealthy relationship with food. I weighed 205 at my heaviest, and am determined not to allow the weight to continue to creep back on. I have a loving partner and children who need me to be healthy, active, and fit! Sun, 8 Dec 2013 15:09:15 EST CMN123RUNNER Hi everybody!!! Today is my first full day on the program. I am so excited to get started!!! There is so much to learn as far as eating right, but as soon as I can get rid of all of my bad habits, I'm sure I'll be okay. Sun, 8 Dec 2013 12:01:57 EST Want to exercise but no energy Have really bad sinus pain continuously, vertigo n queasiness that come n go but want to head to gym. Problem is that unless I'm getting 10-11 hours sleep, I wake feeling exhausted instead of just tired. <BR> I have had blood tests n I am really healthy except for my inflammation markers so really I should be fine. <BR> Anybody have tips to get energy up? Wed, 4 Dec 2013 01:09:22 EST Hi. My name is Karen. Hi - I have struggled with weight all of m life. I am determined to stop yo-yo dieting and commit to changing my lifestyle to a healthier one! I am tired of the emotional roller coaster effect of losing and gaining weight. Tue, 3 Dec 2013 14:59:54 EST Starting over... I am a 58 year old cancer survivor with lots of support. However, I am overweight and tired all the time. My lifelong poor food choices are catching up with me. I have a slipped disk in my back as well as fibromyalgia which are leading some time ago to help with weight loss and was successful when I stayed connected. For me, journaling food is essential to weight loss. I need to learn to eat more healthy foods and less junk. It worked once, surely it could work again... <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Dec 2013 17:28:16 EST Starting Over Hi all! <BR> I am on my second go-round with SparkPeople. I lost over 30 lbs in 2011, but "fell of the wagon" and have gained it all back, plus some bonus pounds! I turned 30 this year and I really feel like this is the time to take it off and keep it off through a lifestyle change that includes healthy eating and a more active lifestyle. I am a mother, wife, grad student, and full-time employee, so sometimes my health/exercise priorities get shoved aside. I am working to make a change so tha... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 12:49:50 EST new member New to program .need support.Looking forward to meeting you all. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:06:12 EST Hello I'm just introducing myself. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:55:23 EST Im a new member. Hi there everybody. Im a new member and would love to get some handy tips on the best way to get started with getting fit. <BR> My name is Natasha Sun, 24 Nov 2013 22:41:29 EST Hi everyone! Hello all , I'm Rose Anne I'm here to learn to be more healthy and lose some weight and have some fun! Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:05:43 EST I will no longer accept average as a way of life My name is DJ and I wanted to introduce myself to everyone!! I am here to get fit again for my son, my wife, and myself. I want to to play with my child and not get worn out after five minutes. I want to be the person who enjoys being outside again and i will be that person. I have accepted average as a way of life for too long and refuse to do it anymore. I hope I can be an inspiration to all of you as you have already been for me as I have looked around the site this morning. There ar... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:25:20 EST greetings What do you say when people say "you look great, have you lost weight?' and you haven't lost an ounce? Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:13:28 EST Hello Hello! My name is Libbie and I have numerous allergies. Among those allergies are several foods. I am allergic to dairy, soy, red and black pepper, corn, beef and all grains except oat (in other words, wheat, barley, rye, etc..). I also have a gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance and have IBS. This makes dieting a nightmare. I am allergic to all trees, grass, animal hair and fur, dust and dust mites. I am allergic to all antibiotics except clindamycin, levaquin and Zithromax. I don't know ... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:40:07 EST Should saline sting? I have tried nasal irrigation, it stings. So I thought it was the flushing action hurting n tried a saline nasal spray n use that one spray each side but that also stings. I know my sinus is massively inflamed n every so often when I blow my nose a bit of blood comes out but has any one else had issues with stinging too? Sat, 16 Nov 2013 19:40:37 EST How long will these allergy symptoms last? Help! I had to spend 9 days with my daughter and her cat to help with a family situation. I started having constant coughing and then about 7 days into the time, I developed sinus congestion and draining. Her apartment is so small and the litter box was almost always full. I am home now and able to breath better but the cough seems to hang on. What can I do besides cough syrups and Teas with honey & lemon, as well as, Zyrtec and Inhaler? How long can I expect these symptoms to last? Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:21:48 EST My Wed. TOPS Weigh in nite/Checking In Just wanted to check in tonight. I gained a pound tonight at my TOPS Meeting. With my birthday being on November 11th. Last weekend I had a family celebration and all I made a really good food choice when we went out to eat at one of ny favorite Mexican food place,Gringos. I had a grilled chicken salad and some tortilla soup. It was my 39th birthday! It's a new week and just focusing on this next week. One of my good friends joined our club tonight! I am so excited she did! Take care everyo... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:38:58 EST I will win! My motto is "I will win!." I have 25 pounds to lose and I am waiting on a surgery date to have left knee replacement and then surgery on my right elbow for an Ulna nerve transposition and carpal tunnel..obviously I have good days and bad days..this is just a bump in the course I am limited right now in the kind of activity I can do however, I want to build some strength and perform some exercise to prepare for the upcoming challenges.. <BR> Any suggestion will be appreciated..I will... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:30:04 EST Carmela Bradford Hello, my name is Carmela, and I have made up my mind that it's time to get the weight off! I know I can do it, but I had to make up my mind and get serious about it. Now I am on the path to taking control of my weight and believing that I will reach my goal of losing 53 pounds. Encouragement from others is always good, and I need as much of it as I can get! Tue, 12 Nov 2013 15:20:31 EST new here Need to lose a goal one day or i will get seriously discouraged. <BR> with more excercise and cleaner eating. Hopefully my body will react to something or anything. <BR> <BR> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 10:02:02 EST Maybe I don't have allergies? Just had skin prick allergy tests today and reacted to the positive control substance but not significantly to anything else but I still have tender inflamed sinus n am itchy as mainly around nose n mouth. So now I'm stumped, what else could it be? <BR> I've been getting treated for allergies and if apparently I don't have any then surely I shouldn't need medication? So confused Sun, 10 Nov 2013 19:41:07 EST Tired of feeling unhealthy! Hello Everyone! I'm a 52 year old wife, mother and grandmother. I work full time and feel exhausted at the end of each workday. I am taking charge of my eating so that I will lose weight and feel better. I have a lot of joint pain so its hard to exercise but I know it will be easier to exercise if I lose some weight. I'm starting slow: stretching and walking. I'm very interested in using low glycemic index foods to keep my blood sugar steady. I'm not diabetic but there is a family hist... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 11:15:21 EST Hello I am new to the group I am going to be 50 the end of November. I am allergic to a lot of things lately trees, candles, perfumes and a ton of food. I am trying to lose 40lbs, eat better foods by increasing veggies & fruits, and stretch at least twice a week. Sat, 9 Nov 2013 02:02:53 EST Evelyn enjoys her work. I am at home. I have an old feline who enjoys needle work as much as I do; she unravels a lot of "our" work. <BR> I do sit too much. I also have enjoyed long walks, and dancing silly like to disco music. My favorite event several times weekly has been my job. I work with children. <BR> Thu, 7 Nov 2013 17:13:39 EST Motivated Hi all! <BR> <BR> My name is Heather. I am 40 now but will be 41 on Dec. 2nd. I have a long tale of weight issues, but the gist is I am motivated currently by 2 things happening in my life. One is a company Christmas Party on Dec. 13th, with a potential to get promoted. The second is my 10 year wedding anniversary next May. <BR> <BR> I need to keep this positive attitude up, plan my meals, plan my exercise goals, and meet my small goals to hit my big goals. <BR> <BR> I look forward to me... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 11:05:29 EST Hi there - I'm Viola Hi! My name is Viola. I just joined the other day and I'm looking forward to getting healthier, and slimmer, using this site. From the little bit I've been browsing around, this looks like a pretty awesome place so far. In fact, it looks like I might even have fun striving for my goals. Tue, 5 Nov 2013 15:30:03 EST First Day victory Hi everyone, my name is Sarah and it's my first day as a Sparky! The only bad point for today is that I've got a nasty virus and the Dr has put me on antibiotics. However, even though I have felt terrible all day I have stuck to my diet and I've completed the day with a few calories to spare hooray!!! So hopefully tomorrow will be another step closer to me starting my exercise. Thanks for reading Tue, 5 Nov 2013 07:21:51 EST Quercetin in diet I have read that quercetin can help histimine levels be reduced. I was wondering if anybody has come across any high quercetin diets or lists of foods that have high levels? <BR> I personally can't stand the thought of nasal rinsing and am sick of using antihistamines every day and would like to try changing my diet a bit to include more foods that will help. I have been told that eliminating starches would help but I am skeptical. My allergies are I think to pollens, which I get to wait anot... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 04:43:17 EST Hello!! Excited about joining. Hello, my names is Lori and I am currently a stay at home mom my husband and I have been married for 8 years we have a 7 year old boy named Nick, one year old boy named Enzo and our last piece to the puzzle Penelope who is 3 months. These children keep me going and I love being a mommy. I would love it more if I were healthy and had energy to keep up with them. I was my heaviest after I had Enzo and well lets just say I never really lost the baby weight and became pregnant with Penelope and... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 16:13:38 EST My TOPS WED Weigh in/ My weight loss journey Just checking in with the group and share that I lost 2 1/2 lbs. At my TOPS Meeting Tonight! <em>244</em> I also tied for loser of the month with 3 1/2 lbs. I only have 1/4 of a pound and I will be at my milestone!! Striving towards that this week! Also wanted to share I brought the raffle for this past month and it went tonight, we made $20 on it! It was a sunflower fall wreath. Have a wonderful rest of the Week y'all! <BR> <BR> I CAN YOU CAN TOGETHER WE CAN <BR> IF IT IS TO BE ITS U... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:20:34 EST Preperation for allergy tests I have an allergy test early nxt week n am on my last day of antihistamine n decongestant so it doesn't interfere with results but was wondering if it also means I can't use antiinflammetory meds too? Wed, 30 Oct 2013 17:50:46 EST Allegies are killing me right now! I live in southwest Michigan and I have been having an allergy attack for the last 2 weeks. I'm taking Claritin and Mucinex-D because my nose is alternating from stuffed and I can't breathe to totally drippy and I never know when it's going to do which! Is anyone else suffering from Fall allergies? And if you are what are you taking for them? Please Help!! Wed, 30 Oct 2013 08:05:22 EST My name is Jeanne I am new :) Hi! My name is Jeanne and I am 29 years old. I am 100 lbs overweight and I want to change my life. I honestly have increased health problems lately and it is scary. I was diagnosed with PCOS 2 years ago and it just causes hormonal imbalance which causes many other undesirable things. I also just recently was diagnosed with asthma and my blood pressure has been high. I honestly am scared that if I don't change I am going to cut my life short and keep gaining weight and getting sicker. ... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 01:23:52 EST Looking for a Fresh Start Hi Everyone, My name is Leslie and I wanted to join a weight loss group to help motivate me to lose weight. I am 45 years old and had a very bad scare the past month. The doctor's told me I might have breast cancer. I went through all the testings and then found out the mass they found was not cancerous. I was so thrilled!! After realizing how close I came to having a very bad illness it has motivated me to start losing weight so I can be around for my children. I have tried everything! I hop... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 14:58:54 EST hello hi I am wxcited about this program. I have been on and off of diets for years and have not manged to keep the weight off. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:23:49 EST hello I'm Jeanie Mullins I have type 2 diabetes, i am on a 1500 calorie a day diet and exercise I need all the support I can get!! this is the first time I have been faced with this situation. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:18:59 EST new yet not... I'm a marathon runner and currently use My Fitness Pal. I love it but am looking for a community of weight training buddies to help with my winter off season goals. Sun, 20 Oct 2013 13:15:05 EST Checking In. My Wed. TOPS Night Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to check in with y'all. At my TOPS weight in this past Wed. I turtled which means stayed the same. I will take a turtle over a gain any day. I have a good loss going for the year so far. I am approaching that milestone. Hoping when I hit it I can keep on going down. No matter what I will not give up and thinking of our clubs newest motto. <BR> <BR> I CAN YOU CAN TOGETHER WE CAN <BR> <BR> Also lastly wanted to share I won one of our clubs contests that... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:11:42 EST Introduce Myself Hello my name is Brenda and my user name is well you can guess yes it is my first initial and my last name. Don't know what the number is because Spark's picked my username for me. I will get around to changing it soon. I am a wife of a National Guard soldier for 24 years who is being deployed to Afghanistan in March for a year. We have two girls and one son. One daughter has two daughters and the other daughter has a son. I enjoy my grandchildren and I'm losing weight so that I can play with... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:12:11 EST Starting fresh and sticking to it Hi my name is Twanda, <BR> I miss the old me who was many pounds lighter. I have attempted this hurdle before but life has caused me to walk away. Today I have decided to stay and make it to my Finish line. I am glad and blessed to have all of you pushing and working with me as I become fabulous in my forties. <BR> <BR> God Bless! Thu, 17 Oct 2013 09:58:52 EST hi Hi I'm Chrissy. I'm 33 and over weight. I have recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. After many failed attempts at losing weight I'm hoping this site will be helpful. Exercise is sometimes very difficult for me but I'm hoping tracking my food intake will get me on the track to losing weight. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:12:28 EST Hi SparkPeople I have a thyroid condition that was diagnosed in 2010. Since then, I've put on over 50 lbs and can't seem to lose it regardless of which diet I try. I was on Weight Watchers for 3 months and didn't succeed in losing anything. Now I'm trying SparkPeople. Sat, 12 Oct 2013 12:44:09 EST Hi! My name is Victoria, I am new here. I am trying to lose 55 pounds...I gained it so fast but the other way around is going slow. Thanks! Fri, 11 Oct 2013 23:39:30 EST